Rose and dark chocolate shortbread

Rose and dark chocolate shortbread

Shortbread is brilliantly adaptable- you can add so many different flavours to it and create something new. Here, I've included rose and given the biscuits a chocolate coating, a combination that works beautifully.

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  • Makes20
  • CourseSnack
  • Prepare25 mins
  • Cook30 mins
  • Total time55 mins
  • PlusChilling and cooling

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Ingredients

  • 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tsp rose water, (rose water can vary in intensity, so add just a little at a time)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients dried rose petals, plus extra to decorate
  • 200g dark chocolate

Method

  1. Put the butter, sugar, lemon zest, rose water (to taste) and vanilla in a large bowl and, using an electric mixer, beat together for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl down and add the flour, a pinch of salt and the rose petals, mixing together briefly until it comes together as a dough. Tip the dough onto the work surface and bring together into a ball. Flatten with your hands, then roll out to a 25cm square; place on a baking tray and chill until firm – about 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 170?C, gas mark 3; line 2 baking trays with parchment. Halve the dough, then cut into 2.5cm-thick fingers and pierce all over with a fork.

  3. Put the biscuits on the prepared baking trays and bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

  4. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave in 30 second bursts until about ¾ of the chocolate has melted. Mix vigorously with a spatula until fully melted (this is a quick method of tempering the chocolate). Dip the shortbread halfway into the chocolate, allow the excess to drip off, then lay on a clean sheet of parchment to set, decorating with a few extra rose petals. Once the chocolate has set, you can store the shortbread in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Nutritional

Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

847kJ/ 210kcals

Fat

12.7g

Saturated Fat

7.8g

Carbohydrates

20.8g

Sugars

8g

Fibre

1.2g

Protein

2.5g

Salt

0.2g

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